Carpe Diem: A Quick Guide

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How to seize Today, yesterday. 

The Outline — All you need from this post

2–3 things that NEED to be done.

2–3 things that COULD be done.

2–3 things that you WANT to do.

Do most of what needs to be done. Do one thing you want to do. Finish what needs to be done. Take the rest of the day as a bonus because you have done the important things. 

Here’s my list for today.


  • Journal — to sort out my thoughts and prepare for the first step
  • Write — a draft for an article to prove to myself that I still can
  • Clean — the house so that my girlfriend and I can relax without clutter


  • Read my textbook for class
  • Fix the shower door
  • Finish reading my current book


  • Watch the new episode of Flash
  • Play SMITE

Do you ever go to bed feeling extremely motivated to crush tomorrow? Then when you wake up you don’t feel the same way, you don’t want to crawl out of bed, and you don’t feel good about the day?

That happens to me far too often to admit.

What can you do about it?

Use that night-time motivation to make an outline of what you want to accomplish tomorrow. It doesn’t guarantee that you’ll fly out of bed and knock things off the list with passion. What it does is gives you a way to get started. 

Make the first thing you do in the day something that is extremely easy for you. Ideally it’s something that energizes you. Maybe that’s a workout, a run, journaling, writing, drawing. You decide. 

Then tackle the biggest Need. You’ve energized yourself, had some time to wake up, now it’s time to get to work. The most motivating thing? If you do this now, your day is mostly complete. 

You know that at the end of this task are things that you enjoy, and things that you’ve wanted to do but haven’t really had a need to do. 

Reward yourself and then follow the momentum. 

Now, I don’t believe in writing about things that I’m not currently doing. 

This article is a direct result of following my outline. I woke up this morning and wrote in my journal. I’m introverted, reflecting within my own mind gives me energy. 

After my journaling I took a shower and sat down with a book & coffee for a few minutes. Again, introverted, reading gives me energy. It was also a still productive reward for marking off step 1 so quickly. 

Next came the outline for this article. With the outline done and taking the time to prepare myself to write I’ve had little trouble with the actual writing part. 

The hardest part of my day, writing, is finished within 2 hours of being awake. I’ve done 2 of my 3 needs. After cleaning the house I’ll be done with my day and free to get the minor things done. 

Of course, this is my day off. I don’t have an 8 hour block of work in the way of getting these things done. A Quick Guide: Carpe Diem — With Work will be coming soon. 

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